It’s not often you see a panel discussion without at least one established celebrity present. Instead I was surprised to find the panel was made up entirely of forty-something computer programmers. I think that alone speaks volumes about the drawing power of the DreamWorks Animation brand. Easily the strongest competitor to Pixar‘s ironclad grip on the industry, the folks at DreamWorks have produced high-quality animated films consistently since their inception in 1994. This was the best panel that I have seen so far at Comic Con, due in large part to the lack of stars. Here was a group comprised solely of those who work behind-the-scenes. There were no egos to offend, nor any public image they were trying to keep. They gave concise, insightful answers to the questions asked and always stayed on subject.
It was fascinating to see how much passion these men have for the work they do. These are people who go into work everyday with big smiles on their faces and love every minute of it. Their success in their art form came not from looks or connections, but from their talent and their dedication to getting it right. They are simply the very best of the best in the business, or else they would not be where they are. And even though they will never receive any of the glory the stars do, it was nice to see these artists get at least some appreciation for all the hard work they do.
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